TA MUG iconThis LEDE is a new feature on THE Ave.  The lede in a newspaper is the paragraph that initially draws readers into a story. On THE-Ave.US, stories can be spread across  many posts so we will use ledes to draw your attention to stories about specific topics or to authors who write here on TA.

    For example, you can click here for stories about the UW or here for timely stories about the presidency under Mitt Romney.


    ST PAUL ICONEvery Sunday, THE Ave begins with a story about religion. Sometimes these are quotes from one of the bibles, other times they stories about how religious and anti religious people behave. Hopefully there is enough balance to please, offend, or stimulate folks who care about what is done in the name or names of deities. READMORE HERE.


    Some months BBQ SC ago I started writing about South Carolina.  In part I started because of the fight between that state and Washington state about jobs for Boeing.  What I have found is almost unbelievable.  The cradle of the confederacy, remains almost incredibly foreign to any place I have lived.  Teen births, gun abuse, anti union laws, racism, … I have relatives who chose to live there but I doubt I would ever want to visit their home. CLICK the BBQ guy to readmore.

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    mR sMITH GOES TO THE uwThe UW was and is the soil from which THE Ave developed.  This lede will take you to stories about the UW … the athletic department’s budget, the lack of free speech on campus, the achievements of the UW that do not get heralded, relations with the city and state, and more. Recent stories have dealt wit a very strange fight over the UW logo.



    Roger RabbitRoger is our resident Chief Justice of the cabbage patch.  A former judge and a former journalist, this furry creature is cynical about most things, legalistic about law, and even .. at times … good at making fun.


    legal thuggeryLegal thugs …. they are a pestilence.  I found the lady here watching at the edge of a labor meeting in Seattle.  Who was she?  From her clothing, manicured nails and skeptical posture I took her for some corporate type, perhaps a corporate lawyer looking for an edge.   Lawyers working for corporations seem to be pretty good at that and pretty bad at any sense of ethics.  Indeed, I believe Law 101 teaches them that the first principle of the law is that “it is OK if you can get away with it.” This may be a caricature but I have been collecting stories about lawyers who use perjury as a device, extort money from targets afraid of the costs of law suits, hold forth while hiding under fictions that they are not acting as lawyers, and much more.   Read about this under the tag for legal thuggery.

Archive for March 16th, 2011

March 16th, 2011 - 10:10 pm § in Uncategorized

How to Indict Obama for Criminal Cover-Up

Now that the Ave has discussed impeachment of one African American, it seems only fair to discuss how to impeach another one ….. (Mar. 3, 2011) — On August 9, 1974, President Richard Nixon resigned from the Presidency rather than face impeachment and indictment for his involvement in the Wat[...]

March 16th, 2011 - 6:39 pm § in America, Americanism, Religion

HUMOR: Protecting the Civil Rights of Those Who Blaspheme.

Ed. It is about time.  ALL blasphemy should be considered protected speech. Why can’t evolutionists and creationists get along like humans and dinosaurs did? Unlike many other states, Texas does not ban workplace discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status. [...]

March 16th, 2011 - 5:14 pm § in Academic Standards, America, Politics, politics, Schools & Colleges, USA, Washington State

To succeed, US must continue to invest in education, research

“America’s current circumstances are certainly serious. But there is a proven path forward, one that the United States has traveled with great success before: the rising path of innovation. After the Civil War and World War II, in particular, America restored its economic momentum with great[...]

March 16th, 2011 - 1:21 pm § in free speech, Politics, Religion

Archbisop of Canterbury, “Shahbaz Bhatti ‘a martyr'”

Shahbaz Bhatti died a martyr, says the Archbishop of Canterbury Click for full BBC story Mr Bhatti was killed in an ambush by Taliban gunmen as he drove away from his mother’s home on 2 March. He had been the Pakistan government’s only Christian cabinet minister until his assassination i[...]

March 16th, 2011 - 12:51 pm § in Politics, Seattle, Washington State

INTERNET OPTION: What happens when only 18 people in King County show up to vote?

Over at SLOG, Goldy has a fascinating post. In 1989 only 18 voters cast ballots countywide in the  King County Conservation District (KCCD) election.   The last election had a turnout of 4 votes per thousand voters. Moreover, voting is EXPENSIVE.  King County Elections charges   a per-voter fe[...]

March 16th, 2011 - 12:08 pm § in Religion

Denial of Service Attacks on Science Blogs

Pharyngula has been down for several days as have several other blogs housed under Scienceblogs. PZ Myers, the blogger at Pharyngula, * reports: PZ tweeted 6 hours ago: New info: We ARE under a DDoS attack, and it’s coming from Turkey and Qatar. * for those who do not know, Pharyngula is a ver[...]

March 16th, 2011 - 11:33 am § in Misc.

Japanese Red Cross

Here is a detailed list of charitable organizations currently involved in the relieve efforts in Japan. You can also see Reuters blog and Charitynavigator on how you can help.[...]

March 16th, 2011 - 10:13 am § in Misc.


from SimplyShrug, Ed. “Simply Shrug “calls itself “Simply Shrug – Pragmatic Conservativism.”  I suspect few people who read TA ever get to see this sort of material .  When  we do hear it, e.g. from Beck, there is a sad tendency to dismiss it as rhetoric or “wi[...]

March 16th, 2011 - 6:31 am § in Academic Standards, Politics, Seattle, Washington State


UW TOPS IN PRIMARY CARE AND NIH RESEARCH! Ed.  A few days ago we posted a riposte to Congressman McDermott because he failed to site the UWSOM in an article he authored in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.  His article talked a lot about the importance of primary care and physicians[...]

March 16th, 2011 - 4:26 am § in America, Politics, politics, USA

Class Warfare in the U.S.: The Final Chapter

The combination of tax cuts skewed toward the wealthy and funding for the endless wars during a "jobless recovery" ensures we will have a citizenry best described as desperate and clueless. Edward Berneays, Hugo Chavez, more: News analysis from t r u t h o u t [...]